Already closed | 2h 15m | Midtown W

The Gin Game

From 205 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Entertaining, Funny, Delightful, Absorbing

About the show

Tony winners James Earl Jones and Cicely Tyson return to Broadway in this Pulitzer winner about strangers who become friends over gin rummy, until their games become a battleground of exposed failures and insecurities. More…

This Pulitzer Prize-winning play follows Weller Martin and Fonsia Dorsey, two residents at a nursing home for senior citizens, who strike up a friendship over games of gin rummy. As their competitive spirit grows, each of their lengthy conversations about their families and their lives becomes a battle. Much like the ongoing gin games, each player tries to expose the other's weaknesses, to belittle the other's life, and to humiliate the other thoroughly. James Earl Jones and Cicely Tyson come together on stage for the first time since 1966 in this revival.

2h 15m | Already closed | The John Golden Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (205)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Entertaining, Funny, Delightful, Absorbing
80
Avg Score

55
Banal, Slow, Insipid, Disappointing, Tyson's a wonder

See it if you want to see the dazzling Tyson, altho the material is far beneath her. This is a stupid play. And Jones didn't improve it.

Don't see it if I was bored and frustrated. JEJ plays a bully. Nothing funny or charming or revelatory here. So disappointing. Why revive this clunker???

80
Delightful, Great acting, Great writing, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if great beloved actors. Amazing performances. She's 90!! The issues are timeless

Don't see it if if you don't like slower plays

73
Entertaining, Great acting, Funny, Great writing, Nice

See it if You're a fan of the stars!

Don't see it if You don't like small 2 person plays that don't have a lot of action.

88
Enchanting, Funny, Great acting

See it if Classic show, Classic stars!

Don't see it if Shorter 2 person narrative shows... not tons of plot.

65
Great acting, Fluffy, Pointless, Nice, Watchable

See it if you love Cicely Tyson. Gosh, she's just wonderful, isn't she?

Don't see it if you want to see a play that has something to say. (If this show has a point I was unable to discern it.)

85
Entertaining, Great acting, Delightful

See it if You want to see two theatre vets at the top of their game.

Don't see it if You aren't a fan of James Earl Jones & Cicely Tyson.

83
Funny, Great acting, Slow, Original, Dated

See it if You like to see older actors at the top of their form.

Don't see it if You don't like small plays without much in the way of a plot.

50
Dated, Great acting, Slow

See it if you want to see two of the acting greats onstage.

Don't see it if you need plot and likable characters or if you're bored by long shows.

84
Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing

See it if An honor to be in the theater with James and Cicely.

Don't see it if You don't like dialogue only plays.

95
Absorbing, Great acting, Enchanting, Funny

See it if you enjoy great acting. It's a two-hander about two senior citizens who meet, and the co-dependent relationship that develops between them.

Don't see it if a quiet, slowly-paced show with a small cast, a simple set and very little story underwhelms you.

100
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Refreshing

See it if you want a good laugh

Don't see it if you only like musicals

79
Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Overrated

See it if you enjoy plays that very much depend upon the expertise of the actors, as the writing itself is quite slight

Don't see it if you want fast action, and know that you might want to smack some sense into both characters for being their own worst enemies

65
Slow, Great acting, Disappointing script

See it if like me, you just wanted to see any play with James Earl Jones and Cicely Tyson .

Don't see it if you trust your friends who saw it and told you the script was terrible

88
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Resonant

See it if if you want to see two legends of the American Theatre perform one of the most witty, sharp and poignant plays around.

Don't see it if you've seen this production already.

60
Make it stop

See it if You really want to see Cicely Tyson or James Earl Jones live... They are both super talented but the story crawls.

Don't see it if You are looking for engaging plot or to be moved. A 90 minute lookyloo at big celebrities is the only draw here

65
Disappointing

See it if you want to see James Earl Jones act onstage

Don't see it if you want a fast-paced comedy. This show is neither.

73
Intelligent, Original, Resonant

See it if You enjoy plays with a small cast, especially with terrific acting!

Don't see it if You want a fast-moving plot.

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Profound, Relevant

See it if you love great acting

Don't see it if you don't like small productions with a slow moving story

69
Funny, Dated, Great acting, Slow

See it if want to see two great actors.

Don't see it if you won't, it closed.

80
Delightful, Funny, Great acting, Dated, Intelligent

See it if You want to see 2 legendary actors go toe-to-toe for 2 acts in a charming (if a bit repetitive) play.

Don't see it if You don't value acting legends.

60
Slow, Overrated, Disappointing

See it if You like Tyson and Jones

Don't see it if Boring, no drama, difficult to hear

45
Disappointing

See it if you like the stars and wouldn't mind watching them read a phone book. There's a nice dramatic arc in the script, but not in this production.

Don't see it if you want to be entertained or moved or challenged or kept awake. Some of the audience enjoyed it immensely, but I'm honestly not sure why.

60
Disappointing, Funny, Delightful

See it if You like Cicely Tyson

Don't see it if You care about actors remembering their lines

76
Slow, Disappointing, Overrated, Insipid, Ambitious

See it if You like the actors.

Don't see it if You don't like a slow pace.

95
Funny, Great acting, Masterful, Suprising

See it if you are ready for a Master Class in acting from a 90 years young and her 84 years young counterpart

Don't see it if you're not ready to see older people as people and no just cute - yes there is cursing


October 14th, 2015
"Despite its comic overtones, 'The Gin Game' presents a clarifying portrait of the loneliness that may come with age, and the difficulties of forging a relationship when our personalities have quite naturally become calcified by experience. As the moving performances of Mr. Jones and Ms. Tyson be...
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October 14th, 2015
"D.L. Coburn’s play was a hit in 1976, but it’s thin as a needle, with a sharp point at the end on which its poignancy relies. Leonard Foglia’s revival lacks that sense of purpose in its shape. The age of the actors perhaps makes them slower and cuter than might be ideal; the result is likable bu...
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October 14th, 2015
"Whether Jones and Tyson are having memorization problems I cannot say, but the production is so lame and misguided (by the director Leonard Foglia) you would almost prefer that they suddenly started ad libbing selections from far better work each of them has done. As it is, they stick at least t...
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October 14th, 2015
"D.L. Coburn's two-hander is so slight it might almost evaporate as it's unfolding...What keeps the slender piece engaging is the delicate dance between Jones and Tyson...Foglia leans heavily on the humor, perhaps dimming some of the more emotionally affecting notes and making the shift into sobe...
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